Did You Know…
… Flu vaccines could make you sicker—and there’s a great alternative the FDA doesn’t want you to know about?
Last week, Dr. Mercola shared a story from the Vancouver Sun on a frightening new research study about the flu vaccine. Initial findings show that the flu vaccine actually increases the odds of infection with H1N1. In addition, the vaccine can cause more severe bouts of illness for those who do get sick.
As upsetting as these findings are, they are not as surprising as you may think. Back in 2007, CNN—which is a very mainstream news source—announced, “The truth is, while the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and most mainstream docs are pushing the flu vaccine, the latest science suggests it just doesn’t work very well.”
But the flu vaccine represents big money for pharmaceutical companies, who hold incredible influence over government agencies. That’s why government agencies are now so desperate to uphold claims that the flu vaccine is the only way to prevent the flu. They are quick to attack any reports on alternate prevention strategies.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) went so far as to send a cease and desist letter to Dr. Andrew Weil demanding he remove from his website any references to astragalus—an especially impressive preventative herb that can protect against flu.
From Colds to Flu to Cancer … Astragalus Boosts Immunity and Fights Illness
Although the FDA falsely claims that astragalus has no antiviral or antibacterial properties whatsoever and is of absolutely no use in the human body, the truth is that astragalus offers an incredible variety of health benefits. The herb has been used for centuries in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and is currently drawing attention from Western medical professionals for its remarkable ability to balance and boost immune function.
Astragalus is an adaptogen, meaning it fights diseases by fortifying the body’s natural defenses, rather than directly targeting infectious invaders. Studies show that the herb enhances immunity and can be used to treat illnesses ranging from the common cold to cancer.
Beat Back ANY Strain of Flu Naturally and Safely
For those who want to protect themselves from flu without the risks of vaccination, astralgus does indeed offer protection against influenza. Janet Zand, LAc, OMD, MD, CNS, author of Smart Medicine for Healthier Living: Practical A-Z Reference to Natural and Conventional Treatments for Adults, explains why astragalus is so protective against flu. She writes, “because astragalus is a multifaceted, complex plant-based medicine, it’s not outsmarted by one particular viral configuration.” That means it can effectively prevent any strain of flu, including H1N1.
While astragalus is especially exciting option for those looking for an alternative to the flu vaccine, the herb has the potential to bring a broad range of health benefits to everyone.
Instead of looking for treatments for specific ailments, as is the norm in Western medical traditions, it’s sometimes better to steal a page from the handbook of Eastern medicine. “They believe your body is a balance of many functions,” writes Al Sears, M.D., “and to stay healthy, you need to maintain that balance.”
Add A Dash of Astragalus…
Astragalus can be found in the form of capsules, teas, powders or extracts at health food stores. Dr. Sears recommends taking 2 to 3 tablespoons (30-45 grams) of astragalus root powder daily. You can take the powder plain if you wish, as it has a pleasant, mildly sweet taste. Or, as Dr. Sears notes, you can mix it into various dishes as a health-boosting seasoning option.
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